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National Gallery of Canada

380 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9N4 , Canada (Byward Market Area)
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Ranked #9 of 141 attractions in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Art Museums, History Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Dating back to 1880, this visual arts museum holds in trust a collection of European and Canadian paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and photos.
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

fantastic for the whole family. The building and exhibits will take your breath away. The food is okay at the little restaurant, so avoid it unless you are in a pinch. Great interactivity for the kids, we took part as well, great fun.

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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

I went along on Thursday evening when they are open late, to find it was also free entrance for the evening. I had a very interesting 2 hours walking around the paintings, sculptures and exhibits. This is well worth a visit, everything is well laid out and well lit, and there is plenty of room if you want to stop... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Spend more time than i should and we enjoyed ourselves at the gallery. One should not attempt to complete this in less than 3 hours.

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44 reviews 44 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

My wife and I visited the gallery on a recent trip to Ottawa. Neither of us had ever been there. We focused on a special exhibit of Dore works, which greatly expanded my knowledge of the artist, and on the Group of Seven. That was as much museum as we could take in an afternoon, but we clearly barely scratched... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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57 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 NEW

In the Rideau Chapel, inside the museum, a series of speakers - one for each voice in a choir - sends out the most glorious music. It a MUST !!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This famous French illustrator & artist has a current special exhibit (co arranged with the Paris Orsay museum), and is the highlight of our visit. Also walked through the Canada Gallery and there are some interesting highlights: the beautiful Rideau Chapel (disassembled and moved from a convent), a whole parlor saved & preserved with its decorative murals, Inuit Art, &... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We particularly enjoyed the funky "art installation" at the entrance with the animated humanoid flex tubes

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This is a terrific museum in all respects. I have an interest in Canadian Art, and, no surprise, the NGC has a very strong collection in this area. They hold a number of nice works. I especially enjoyed the small exhibition featuring Tom Thomson's "The Jack Pine," and the exhibition of photography from World War I. The museum was free... More

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New Jersey
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The building itself is a splendid work of art, and the collection is quite impressive. We caught the Dore' exhibit...delightful! The next time we visit Ottawa, we will certainly return. Even the views from various windows are beautiful.

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Oakville, Canada
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

On the holiday weekend we arrived at the gallery at 4:00 but they close at 5:00. We saw a couple of galleries, there is very little information about the art, it doesn't compare to the Smithsonian galleries or those in NY really. My son and I weren't very impressed.

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